It was practically written in the stars that the Panthers were eye balling selecting a quarterback in the draft for the first time since taking Cam Newton. The big question was when they would actually do it. Carolina put their money to where their mouths were and selected West Virginia gunslinger, Will Grier with the 36th pick (comp. pick) in the 3rd round.
After trading up to select Greg Little in the 2nd round, and now selecting a quarterback, many Panther fans are not going to be pleased with the outcome of day two. Selecting a player who you would hope never has to take the field in a Panthers uniform in the 2nd day of the draft seems like a waste. Backup quarterback was definitely an issue that needed to be addressed, but holding off to the later ends of the draft would have been the preferred route.
This move by no means create a quarterback controversy in Carolina. It’s been made known that Newton is the clear starter at the position, and rightfully so. This is simply a very premature insurance pickup.
As far as what Grier brings to the table. He’s a solid quarterback all around and may very well be top 3 in this particular draft class in terms of being pro ready. He can make almost every throw at any level, has good touch on the ball but can lake proper mechanics at times which can get him into some trouble. He should be a good backup behind Newton and should be able to produce a little bit of something if called upon.